Developer Seeks Rezoning for 10-Story, Colorful Commercial Building in Red Hook

Rendering via Department of City Planning


A developer is requesting a rezoning in order to build a 10-story commercial building in Red Hook.

Plans for the project appear in an Environmental Assessment Statement that was filed with the Department of City Planning in June. It has not yet been certified by the commission, which would kick off the months-long public review process known as ULURP.

Located at 150 Mill Street, right alongside the elevated Gowanus Expressway, the project calls for a 10-story mixed-use building with 9,462 gross square feet of ground-floor retail space, community facility space on the second and third floors and office space above. No parking is being requested.

Rendering via Department of City Planning

The developer and owner is Atdhe Pilku, whose business Pilku Construction Services was located on the site.

The proposed rezoning also includes surrounding properties located at 338-354 Hamilton Avenue, as well as parts of 595 Clinton Street and 157-159 Centre Street. The request is to change the area from an M1-1 zoning district to an M1-5 district, which would allow the developer to increase bulk and eliminate the parking requirements that exist in the current zoning district.

The site in 2007. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Building permits have yet to be filed. But renderings have been kicking around for a while, first published by City Realty in 2017. Designed by Albo Liberis (now called Archimaera), the renderings show a kaleidoscopic exterior of colorful glass, with bold, jagged lines dramatically framing the entrance.

Old rendering on the left, via City Realty. New rendering on the right, via Department of City Planning

But it’s unclear if this is the most current design. Included in the Environmental Assessment Statement are two renderings: one with the colorful exterior and another without, so it’s unclear which design will move forward.

According to the developer, the expected completion date is 2023.

Local residents might be happy to see that some new development in their neighborhood isn’t set to be another fulfillment center, as they continue to push for fewer delivery trucks on local streets that already include IKEA and a future Amazon warehouse.

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